Understanding Sheikh Nazir

In response to an article by Riyaz Ahmad



This refers to the article “Disingenuous Politics ” by Riyaz Ahmed (Greater Kashmir 16th January 2013).
A political debate has been triggered ever since General Secretary National Conference Sheikh Nazir Ahmed in an interview to Greater Kashmir on 8th December 2012 disowned  the Indra - Sheikh accord of 1975, pleading that Sheikh Muhammed Abdullah is not signatory to it. Again while addressing the party workers on 19th January 2013 at Party Headquarter Nawa–i–Subh Complex in connection with membership drive, he raised the demand of plebiscite as promised by Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru to people of Kashmir at historic Lal Chowk on 18th November 1947. He further stated that, it is Maharaja Hari Singh who signed the instrument of Accession and also invited Indian Army in Kashmir. In the same meeting he lashed out at the National Conference workers for giving the party the fractured mandate in 2008, as it was disgrace for the party having come down from 68 seats in 1996 to 28 in 2008. To address the present problems of Kashmiris, he sought an absolute mandate  in 2014 elections.
 Sheikh Nazir is a political intellect and he knows what to speak when? He is eyewitness to every political development of Kashmir in contemporary times. One can see only what one bears in his mind. He is absolutely right in saying that New Delhi believes in “Might is right” as Delhi has failed to fulfil the promises made to Kashmiris, be it plebiscite by Nehru or restoration of internal autonomy by Indra Gandhi in terms of Indra-Sheikh Accord. Sheikh Nazir was a close associate of “Plebiscite Front” and he has suffered a lot, as he was tortured in jails. It is being told that he was never in favour of Accords, be it Indra – Sheikh Accord of 1975 or Rajiv – Farooq Accord of 1987. Those who are witness to it, shall remember, how he walked out in protest in the working committee of National Conference, which decided in favour of Rajiv – Farooq Accord. He never had a liking for Delhi, which he never visited except in recent  years in connection with his ill health. He did not visit even any other country but for his passport, for which he never applied. Nazir has given his life and blood to National Conference which he loves the most. He is sad to see it presently on the crutches of Congress. That is why his statement has raised controversy. He knows that in Kashmir neither Panch conferences  nor boom in tourism can win the elections unless the political aspirations of Kashmiris  are touched. As otherwise he is fully aware that the series of political events that shaped the present  political destiny of Kashmir carried the patronage of Sher – I – Kashmir Sheikh Muhammed Abdullah. Nazir also knows that the Sheikh family has to go down the history and he probably wants to keep his record straight.
No doubt Sheikh Nazir’s  and Mustafa Kamal’s statement are making Omer Abdullah uncomfortable, who is feeling embarrassed while being in coalition with Congress. In November 2012 he has even tweeted, I quote “I don’t need anyone to make things difficult for me when I have relatives. They say never work with animals and children. I think it is safe to add relatives to that list”. In the process of succession,  Omer Abdullah though in power is yet to inherit the party and its politics. There seems to be a generation gap between those in power and in party. To gain grip on the party, Omer has now deputed his new Brand Ambassadors Nasir Aslam Wani  and  Devinder Ranna. Let us see how it works, as Omer Abdullah has sounded the 2014 poll bugle  at Nawa-i–Subh on 20th of January 2013 in a function organised to felicitate new Provincial President Nasir Aslam Wani.  The conspicuous absence of General Secretary Sheikh Nazir at the occasion speaks for itself.   
Nazir is a noble soul and for sure he had never personal ambitions. While analysing his statement we must not miss this fundamental fact.

(Ab Qayoom Khan  (IFS) Rtd. Is member  All India Muslim Majlis - e- Mushawarat, New Delhi)

Lastupdate on : Wed, 23 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
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